A Vegan and Vegetarian Family Life - On Land and At Sea

Recipes and Tales from my Kitchen in Somerset and my Galley off the Jurassic Coast

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Autumn Leaf Wreath

The leaves down here in the West Country are just beginning to turn and it won’t be long before the trees are bedecked in all their  autumnal finery. When they throw them to the ground with a flamboyant flourish gather them up, press them flat and make this gorgeous autumn wreath!

You could also have a go at this simple but effective leaf bowl!

how to make a leaf bowl - fall leaf craft/crafting with autumn leaves

The Best Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake

This fudge cake has already converted several people to veganism and stopped a few more in their tracks – it is simple to make, contains nothing weird or difficult to get hold of and it tastes divine. Yes, you can have your vegan cake and eat it! It will make you question everything you think you know about baking, you will ask things like ‘what are the eggs in baking actually for?’

The Best Vegan Fudge Cake in the World is light and fluffy, it is indulgent and utterly delicious and perfect for your vegan Valentine.

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Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup with Chilli and Coconut

It's been an incredibly blustery September week down here in the West of England which means only one thing - soup season! I kicked things off with this Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup with Chilli, Ginger and Coconut to warm us up from the inside out. I get so...

Cooking with Ancient Grains – Teff Porridge with Fresh Fruits

There's always a lot of kerfuffle on line and in print media around the latest superfoods and the last few years have seen an explosion of enthusiasm for cooking with ancient grains. There were lists of reasons you should be eating ancient grains, lists of the best...

Vegan Valentine – Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts

This Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts and Seeded Soda Bread is too good not to share with your vegan valentine! I don't really 'do' Valentine's Day - there is no card swapping or gift giving - but I do like an excuse to pretty up food and remind Mr TS just how much I...

The Best Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake

With Valentine's Day tiptoeing towards us, and my daughter's 18th birthday falling two days before it, it is time to share this - this, my friends, is The Best Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake in the world. This fudge cake has already converted several people to veganism...

Vegan Chocolate Orange Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Orange Muffins, light and fluffy, sumptuous and pillowy, rich and indulgent - everything we are told vegan food is not! These gorgeous double chocolate cupcakes make me gasp every time I take a batch out of the oven, I'm still amazed that vegan cakes...

Easy Vegan Falafels – Simple Vegan Comfort Food

You can make these easy vegan falafels and bake them in the oven if you want the healthy option but I am writing this post in deepest, darkest, coldest January and I want comfort food! My falafel were shallow fried in sunflower oil and drained on a clean tea towel to...

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Simple Fabric Wreath for Spring

We're in that mad space twixt winter and spring when the weather can change in a blink and I am forever going out in The Wrong Clothes. Sailing is currently a very blustery experience indeed and I am longing for long, lazy days in the sunshine just drifting along and...

How To Make Paper Roses

Easy Paper Roses for your love or for you! Today is my daughter's fifteenth birthday, I brought her home on 14th February 2000 so it seems very appropriate that most of us are going to see her perform in Romeo and Juliet this evening - my Valentine's baby! In her...

What to Make with Polystyrene Easter Eggs – Fabric Mâché

My daughter and I spent a happy hour making fabric mâché baubles at Christmas so it seemed to be a natural progression to do the same at Easter! This time we used polystyrene Easter eggs and raided our fabric stash to make these beauties. They really couldn't be...

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Sailing Life – Studland, Swimming and My Kitchen on Board!

Today I'm sharing a bit of our sailing life, which I haven't done here for AGES and, oooh, exciting things are afoot! We were chitter chattering over a glass or two of chilled white a few weeks ago and the upshot was that we have decided the time has come to sell our...

Food Lovers Visit Dorset

Living where Somerset meets both Dorset and Wiltshire means that I am spoilt for choice with local food producers, farmer's markets and - of course - Frome's own utterly fabulous monthly Independent Market. I love knowing exactly where my food comes from, and try to...

Cruising on Island Princess – Sea Days and Surprises

When I told people that Mr TS and I were going on a cruise they raised their eyebrows while looking me up and down and doing that thing people do with their mouths which says ‘You?! Are you sure?!’ without any words actually coming out. So – did we enjoy it? Yes, we did and this is why!

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